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Gas station robbed, suspects arrested

Demanded cash and tobacco products
Guelph Police Stock 2016

They didn’t get far.

Two young men allegedly robbed an Esso gas station at 435 Woodlawn Road, at the intersection of Imperial Road, at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning. No weapons were used.

With faces concealed, they demanded cash and tobacco products and made off with over 100 cartons of cigarettes and cigars, as will as smokeless tobacco products and cash, according to a Guelph Police report.

The suspects fled in a waiting vehicle. Police soon located the moving vehicle and made efforts to pull it over. The robbers appeared unwilling to stop. Guelph Police spokesperson Mike Gatto said Tuesday morning that officers stopped following the vehicle at about 2:50 a.m.

The suspects were spotted by police minutes later pulling into the Ariss Valley Golf and Country Club at 5700 Highway 86 in Ariss, about six kilometres from the Esso gas station. It appears the getaway vehicle became stuck and the suspects abandoned it at the golf course, fleeing on foot.

Guelph Police and Ontario Provincial Police canine units were brought in on the search, tracking the suspects for nearly four kilometres. The two were hiding in a building they had broken into, and were arrested at around 5 a.m. as they attempted to flee. A third male remains at large.

A search of the suspects turned up a small quantity of marijuana on one of them.  

Jake O’Shaughnessy, 22, of Guelph, and Kirklin Nahrgang, 19, of Kitchener have been arrested. Both are charged with robbery, disguise with intent, flight from police, and mischief under $5,000. Nahrgang faces an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Both were scheduled to appear in bail court on Tuesday. 

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